I will be away from my office Wednesday, June 5, through Friday, June 15 while I travel to Canada to take an advanced TMJ Mastery course, visit an old friend, and do a little traveling.
I will likely be revamping my TMJ Relief Program after that training. Look for an announcement here as well as in my summer newsletter. To subscribe, email email@example.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.
I’ll also be away from Tuesday, July 30, through Friday, August 9, serving as a teaching assistant for a Nightwalking class in Taos and exploring a bit more of New Mexico.
My online booking program will not let you schedule appointments when I am away from the office, so you don’t need to remember these dates.
I’ve been intensifying my yoga practice for the past few months, working with some amazing teachers, and since my yoga classes are mostly on weekday mornings, which cuts into my office hours, I’ve decided to stay open later three days a week.
A few people have requested this, and I’m making it happen!
Tuesday: open until 7 pm
Wednesday: open until 8 pm
Tuesday: open until 7 pm
Friday hours will remain the same, open until 6 pm.
I started practicing yoga (asana) in the early 1980s, when it wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now. It was particularly helpful after a 1996 car accident and again when I did sedentary work. Now I love doing it for the strength, flexibility, alignment, balance, awareness, and good company of fellow yogis.
Yoga has given me resources in my bodywork practice that I am deeply grateful for. I believe it opens up the body’s energy channels to deepen presence and experience oneness — yoga means union. It makes a great companion to meditation.
How to Work with Me
If you are feeling sluggish, stiff, depleted, head achy, jaw achy, face achy, stressed, tense, hurting, lacking vitality, needing nurturing touch or to be listened to at a deep level, I can help. Also, many folks are just plain curious about receiving these special modalities I offer — craniosacral therapy, biodynamics, and Zero Balancing.
You can peruse my website or click Book An Appointment! and book your session online, start a monthly subscription (save $15 per session if you purchase this before June 21), schedule your free 30-minute TMJ Relief consultation, get started with the 5-session TMJ Relief program, buy 6-session packages for 45 or 75 minutes, and buy a discounted gift certificate for a Heavenly Head Massage for that person who really needs one — including yourself.
NEW! If you have any questions, you can now schedule a phone consultation of up to 15 minutes. Because my ringer is usually off (I’m working or got too darn many robocalls), this is an easy way for us to set aside time to chat on the phone. You schedule the phone consultation as you would schedule an appointment, and I will call you at the appointed time so we can chat.
I appreciate you, and I want to help!
Trivia of the day: Did you know that Ida Rolf — who contributed so much to American manual therapy there’s a whole body of work called Rolfing — was a yogi? According to my source, she called it “yog” in the manner where the final “a” is dropped in Sanskrit.
Siri Scull, certified hypnotist, coach, and nutritionist, and I (MaryAnn Reynolds, LMT, board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, provider of TMJ relief sessions) are offering a free class on April 1, 7:30-8:45 pm at Soma Vida.
This (optional) class serves as an introduction to our 4-class series offered remotely via Zoom on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the same time period.
This 4-class series includes: ~ Hypnotic visualizations to help you unwind tightness ~ Specialized exercises and techniques to soften the jaw ~ Nutritional & supplement suggestions to promote relaxation ~ Best sleep practices to promote a relaxed jaw ~ Ongoing support as you change habits on a conscious and unconscious level
The tuition is $149 for the 4-class series taught over Zoom. Save $25 if you bring a friend! You may pay MaryAnn via PayPal (paypal.me/maryannreynolds) or Venmo (www.venmo.com/MaryAnn-Reynolds-1) at the April 1st meeting or before April 8 to secure your spot.
Class is taught by Mary Ann Reynolds, MS, LMT, board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, providing TMJ Relief sessions and packages, AND Siri Scull, NC CHt, certified Hypnotherapist, Coach, and Nutritional Counselor specializing in habit change.
My commitments to working with clients, teaching, writing, learning, and living a balanced life have grown.
I am changing my office hours for advanced integrative bodywork to Tuesday through Friday. You will not be able to book sessions online outside my regular days and hours.
If you need to meet outside my regular hours (earlier than 10 or later than 6 on weekdays or on a Saturday), please contact me via the Contact page on this website, text, email, or phone (leave a VM please) so we can discuss.
The January/February 2019 issue of Massage & Bodywork (magazine for massage therapists) includes the article “Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Biting Off More Than We Can Chew”. It’s full of information about the anatomy, pathology, demographics, contributing factors, symptoms, and treatment options for TMJD. The author is Ruth Werner, who wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology.
The article mentions that many dental professionals enthusiastically recommend massage therapy as an early intervention for TMJ disorders, which are often accompanied by dysfunction elsewhere in the body — the shoulder girdle, pelvis, and feet, for example. Regular massage therapy sessions can also help relieve pain and tension in the external jaw muscles.
The author states, “The [internal] pterygoid muscles require more specialized skill… Work inside the mouth carries some serious responsibilities… It’s not for beginners, and it’s not for dabbling. When things go wrong in this joint, problems can reverberate through the whole body… [Massage therapists working inside the mouth should] get advanced training…
“Intraoral massage may trigger unintended responses… Emotional release in response to work in and around the mouth is also a strong possibility. It is critical that massage therapists be mindful of their scope of practice and respectful of their clients’ processes if this happens. Massage therapists must be prepared to be present, nonjudgmental, and appropriately supportive for this kind of event. Once again, it’s not for dabblers. If you want to do this work, get appropriate training.”
After reading this, I feel good about what I do. Massage therapists trained to work inside the mouth mostly follow three paths of advanced training: craniosacral therapy (like me), neuromuscular therapy, and structural integration (aka Rolfing).
Also, not all craniosacral therapists or neuromuscular therapists work with the internal pterygoid muscles, so be sure to ask beforehand if that’s what you expect. That was part of my training with Ryan Hallford, not (so far) with the Upledger Institute.
Also, I’m thanking the Upledger Institute for my training in SomatoEmotional Release as well as past experience and research in trauma recovery.
I’m grateful to see that treatment for TMJ disorders by licensed massage therapists is getting media attention, and that TMJD itself is getting more recognition. The TMJ Association recently announced that the National Institutes of Health have agreed to do more research. It’s very much needed — practitioners know what we don’t know, and it’s a lot.